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Overview of adj critical

The adj critical has 7 senses? (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (7) critical

(marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude")

2. (5) critical

(at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C

3. (5) critical

(characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings")

4. (3) critical, vital

(urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest")

5. (2) critical, decisive

(forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test")

6. (1) critical

(being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage")

7. critical

(of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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